fulsome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fulsome unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech "buttery praise","gave him a fulsome introduction","an oily sycophantic press agent","oleaginous hypocrisy","smarmy self-importance","the unctuous Uriah Heep","soapy compliments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fulsome Full; abundant; plenteous; not shriveled. "His lean, pale, hoar, and withered corpse grew fulsome , fair, and fresh."
    • Fulsome Lustful; wanton; obscene; also, tending to obscenity. "Fulsome ewes."
    • Fulsome Offending or disgusting by overfullness, excess, or grossness; cloying; gross; nauseous; esp., offensive from excess of praise; as, fulsome flattery. "And lest the fulsome artifice should fail
      Themselves will hide its coarseness with a veil."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fulsome Full; full and plump; fat.
    • fulsome Causing surfeit; cloying.
    • fulsome Offensive from excess, as of praise or demonstrative affection; gross.
    • fulsome Nauseous; offensive; disgusting.
    • fulsome Lustful; wanton.
    • fulsome Tending to obscenity; coarse: as, a fulsome epigram.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fulsome fool′sum cloying or causing surfeit: nauseous: offensive: gross: disgustingly fawning
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Quotations

  • George Jean Nathan
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    “A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Full, a. + -some,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. full, full, and affix -some.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. Dodd's face under these fulsome praises was a study in conflicting emotions.
"Sea Urchins" by W. W. Jacobs
As the game proceeded they became dimly aware that this fulsome show of affability was being continued.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Also, he took no fulsome flattery to his soul.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
No adulation was too fulsome for her, no flattery of her beauty too gross.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
There is a pedantry in these things, however, which is not only fulsome, but tends to defeat our very purpose.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Mr. Dodd's face under these fulsome praises was a study in conflicting emotions.
"More Cargoes" by W. W. Jacobs
Evelyn knew better than to write any fulsome compliments upon her tomb.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
The theory of evolution is being patronised by Theists rather too fulsomely.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Others crowded about the girl and showered their fulsome praise upon her.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It would sound fulsome, and from such an old chum might make you laugh.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
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In poetry:

The gaunt brown walls
Look infinite in their decent meanness.
There is nothing of home in the noisy kettle,
The fulsome fire.
"Interior" by William Ernest Henley
Don't cheer, damn you! Don't cheer!
Silence! Your bitterest tear
Is fulsomely sweet to-day. . . .
Down on your knees and pray.
"Don't Cheer" by Robert W Service
'Twas pursued by the frivolous rabble,
With poisonous lips and eyes;
They drenched it with prurient babble,
And fed it with fulsome lies.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
Disgorge thy fulsome load, conceal thy shame,
All trifling talk, and vain pursuits disclaim,
Suppress thy wanton heat, thy temper rein,
Amend thy life, from idleness refrain.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard

In news:

For more than 300 years, the Old South River Club has fostered "fellowship and fulsome discussion" and a social way of life.
Albert Fulsom, 70, of Columbia died at his home.
Albert Fulsom, 70, of Columbia entered into eternal peace Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012, at his home.
Albert Fulsom, 70, of Columbia died at his home.
"This gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it," Paul Levy, managing director at JLL Partners Inc, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "InsideTrack" today.
Liberal Hollywood is basically composed of a tight circle of Clinton loyalists, who appreciate the President's talent for play-acting and his capacity for fulsome prevarication .
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